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IRAP/IRAP II Therapy

IRAP/IRAP II Therapy Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic

tabletopThe use of Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP) is one of the newest developments in the treatment of arthritis. It is produced by withdrawing a sample of the patient's blood into a syringe containing specially treated Chromium beads. During a 24 hour incubation period, the red blood cells interact with the bead's surface stimulating the production of large quantities of IRAP and other anti-inflammatory proteins and growth factors. The blood is then placed in a high speed centrifuge to separate out the resulting serum which can be injected directly into a problem joint or frozen for future use.

Arthritis can become a vicious cycle due to damaged cartilage cells producing interleukins that incite further inflammatoin thereby breaking down cartilage even more. IRAP can inhibit this disease process. IRAP competes with the degrading force of interleukin-1 (IL-1) for the same receptor sites in the horse's affected joint; therefore, by adding it into a damaged joint, the less IL-1 will be able to harm your horse. Our veterinarians routinely use this product in young horses with relatively benign synovitis and capsulitis, horses in training with developing osteoarthritis and post-surgically if cartilage loss would otherwise decrease the prognosis for an athlete to return to competition.

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